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Launching GOG games with Pin Steam and Launcher

December 16th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Hey guys, I had a lot of requests for GoG support in Pin Steam, but I wont be able to do that any time soon because they don’t have an API I can get your list of games from :(

As a bandaid, I updated the helper tool “Launcher” to handle shortcut files! To launch any shortcut (including those from GOG games) follow these steps:

Step 1:

Download the launcher program: Launcher

Step 2:

Unzip somewhere on your machine.


Step 3:

Double click the launcher.exe, this will register it as the handler of slaunch: urls.



After pressing yes and accept nothing happens! It registered correctly! :) If you move Launcher exe afterwards, then double click it again to register its new location.

Step 4:

Put the links to your games into the Links subfolder in the Launcher directory. (Or into the launcher folder directly)


Step 5:

Test that it works. Open the run dialog (press WindowsKey + R);  Write the URL for your game as such: “slaunch:?gamename”  I put my “Master of Orion 2″ link into the folder so my url is “slaunch:?Master of Orion 2


Step 6:

Create a custom tile with this URL using the guide from: http://jacobkorsgaard.com/?page_id=431 (Pin Steam might require you to replace spaces with %20, which would make my url: “slaunch:?Master%20of%20Orion%202″, this will be fixed in the next update)


 Step 7:

Test it out and enjoy! :)


  1. Devilish Prince
    August 13th, 2013 at 14:33 | #1

    Hi Jacob, Could u please help me with this launcher things, I try my best to do it, it’s quite complex actually. If you can; please add a feature to pin steam which will allow user to pin any program without URL things.

  2. August 13th, 2013 at 15:06 | #2

    Hi Prince,

    If I could, I would support exe files. :/ I’m sorry, but you’ll have to do with the launcher until the Windows 8 guys change their minds about only launching URLs.

  3. Devilish Prince
    August 13th, 2013 at 15:20 | #3

    Never mind, I managed to get it work, It’s was difficult at first but now I know how to do it.
    Thanks for the Simple launcher exe. It worked.

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